“. . . This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:15 (NLT)
I’ve already learned something new on this journey, it’s that fear doesn’t always look like fear. It can look like anxiety, depression, envy, insecurity, agitation, attention problems, and the list goes on. If it’s not a positive and encouraging thought or feeling, odds are it can be traced all the way back to fear.
This post was painfully birthed from last Friday’s post. Ironically, I was afraid to share it with you. This particular fear’s name is insecurity. It whispers, “What if you’re wrong?” I have to boldly say back, “I’m NOT wrong, but if I am, so what?” I have to pray through it, and ask the Holy Spirit to guard my heart and mind. Thankfully, He is faithful and longs to bless me with His peace.
Fear is a test of your determination; creating obstacles, both seen and unseen, in your path. Push through. IT’S WORTH IT!
I’ve spent quite a few years struggling with anxiety and depression. I would get so frustrated with medical professionals when they would tell me I had anxiety. I couldn’t see that I was fearful. If you were to ask me, I’d have told you that I wasn’t afraid of anything. People do not scare me, I’m not afraid to die, I’m not overly concerned about being abducted (although I know that the possibility is real), but I didn’t want to go out of my house. I did go out, but I did not want to. I’ve been known to mail a deposit to my bank, which was located less than a mile from my house – no kidding! The doctor said it was anxiety where I called it agitation. Which, in turn, agitated me, that he would think I was afraid. How insulting!! Continue Reading